We recommend the following website links to assist in your genealogy research.
- Missouri Historical Society
- Audrain County Area Genealogical Society
- Missouri State Archives Deaths
- Allen County Public Library
- Castle Garden
- Cyndi’s List
- Ellis Island immigrant lists
- Steve Morse lists
- St. Louis Genealogical Society
- St. Louis Genealogy
- Illinois State Archives
- Find a Grave
- US Gen Web Project
- Barry Zybornik
- History at Home: A Guide to Genealogy
- The Genealogy Guide
- Genealogy Research Strategies
- Missouri Digital Heritage (Death Certificates 1910-1971)
- Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce
- Bowling Green Library: 201 West Locust Street, Bowling Green, MO 63334 (573) 324-5030. This library is housed in the Community Center. The library’s collection includes large-print books and children’s videos. A story Hour is offered in the summer. Open Tues, Wed, Fri 10 am – 5p.m.; Thurs 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sat 9 a.m. – noon. Please Note: All genealogical records have been transferred from the Bowling Green Public Library to the Pike County Genealogical Society Library.
- Bowling Green Times –106 West Main, Bowling Green, MO – (573) 324-2222
- Daughters of the American Revolution, Pike County Chapter
- Linkpendium — A comprehensive directory to genealogical resources on the Web
- Louisiana Press Journal – 3406 Georgia Street, Louisiana, MO 63353 – (583) 754-5566
- Louisiana Public Library 121 North 3rd Street, Louisiana, MO 63353 (573) 754-4491
- Pike County Court House 115 West Main, Bowling Green, MO 63334 – (573) 324-2412. Organized December 14, 1818 (effective February 1, 1819) from St. Charles County and named for Zebulon Montgomery Pike, explorer. Courthouse burned in 1864.
- Assessor – (573) 324-3261
- Probate – Probate records and index, 1825-1894; Administrator’s/executor’s letters, bonds and records, 1825-1837; Inventories, appraisements and sale bills, 1855-1888; Settlement records, 1835-1865; Will records, 1883-1923 (573) 324-5582
- Circuit Clerk – Circuit court records and index, 1819-1886; Commissioner’s office book, 1826-1865; Book of entries, 1819-1831 – (573) 324-3112
- Collector – (573) 324-3281
- County Clerk – (573) 324-2412; Fax Line – (573) 324-5154
- Recorder – Index to deeds, 1820-1889; Deed records, 1819-1916; Quit claim deeds, 1869-1887; Deeds of trust, 1869-1872; Marriage records and index, 1825-1914; Marriages solemnized, 1903-1960 – (573) 324-5567
- Pike County Genealogy Discussion List
Subscribe to the Pike County Genealogy Discussion List in mail mode by sending a message to:
MOPIKE-Lfirstname.lastname@example.org that contains the word “subscribe” and nothing else.
- Pike County General Information
- Pike County Historical Society 304 Georgia Street, Louisiana, MO 63353. This link includes links to Agricultural Societies, Watson Seminary and other historical data.
- Pike County Marriages
- Pike County, Missouri General Information
- Pike County Tombstone Tours
- University of Missouri Extension – Pike County Courthouse
- All About Missouri: History & Highlights
- Missouri Birth & Death Records Database, Pre-1910
- Missouri Cemetery Law
- Missouri Death Certificates, 1910 – 1955 — There are links to images through 1920 (all of them will eventually be there) and
they will send you photocopies of the others for only $1.00 each!
- Missouri Post-1910 Death Records – Death certificates available for $1.00
- Missouri Department of Health: Bureau of Vital Records
930 Wildwood, Jefferson City, MO 65102; (573) 751-6400
- Missouri Land Patents: 1831 – 1910
- Missouri Naturalization Records: 1816 – 1955
- Missouri Newspapers on Microfilm
- Missouri “Research Room” – The Missouri State Archives is the repository for state records of historical value. Currently, the Archives holds more than 150 million pages of paper; 245,000 photographs; 14,400 books; 60,000 reels of microfilm, and 180,000 microfiche. Examples of what is available online are Judicial Records, Military Records, Archives’ Online Catalog, Birth & Death Records Database, Civil War Provost Marshal Index Database. Coroner’s Inquest Database, County and Municipal Records on Microfilm, Land Patents Database, Local Records Inventory Database, Missouri Supreme Court Historical Database, Naturalization Records Database, St. Louis Circuit Court Historical Records Project, St. Louis Probate Court Digitization Project, Soldiers Database: War of 1812 – World War, and more.
- Missouri State Archives’ Soldiers Database War of 1812
- Missouri State Genealogical Association
Journal Table of Contents Page 1, Page 2, Page 3 – Temporarily indexed and posted
- Newspaper Library – The State Historical Society of Missouri
- Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of Missouri Collection – This collection contains maps published before 1923 of many Missouri cities.
- State Historical Society of Missouri
1020 Lowry Street, Columbia, MO 65201-7298; (573) 882-7083
- University of Missouri Digital Library – 1930 Platbooks
- Virtually Missouri
- Access to Archival Databases – National Archives and Records Administration
- Bureau of Land Management – “The Official Federal Land Patent Records Site”
- DAR Library in Washington, D.C.
- Ellis Island – More than 22 million passengers and members of ships’ crews entered the United States through Ellis Island and the Port of New York between 1892 and 1924. Information about each person was written down in ships’ passenger lists, known as “manifests.” Manifests were used to examine immigrants upon arrival in the United States. Now you can search these millions of records for information on individual Ellis Island passengers.
- Genealogy Inc.
- Immigrant Ancestors Project – The Immigrant Ancestors Project, sponsored by the Center for Family History and Genealogy at Brigham Young University, uses emigration registers to locate information about the birthplaces of immigrants in their native countries, which is not found in the port registers and naturalization documents in the destination countries. Volunteers working with scholars and researchers at Brigham Young University are creating a database of millions of immigrants based on these emigration registers.
- Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild is a group of volunteers who are endeavoring to make our ancestor’s immigrant records easy and convenient to find. We currently have over 6900 manifests transcribed, all with free access.
- Library of Congress
- Linkpendium — A comprehensive directory to genealogical resources on the Web
- NARA – U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. Contains archives for the general public, genealogists/family historians, veterans and their families, educators and students, researchers, records managers, preservation and archives professionals, information security specialists, federal employees, members of congress and press/journalists.
- National Genealogical Society
- Obituary Links Page – State-by-state directory of obituaries & obituary resources
- State Libraries – This is a comprehensive list of state library agency websites, including an image map as provided by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
- TheShipsList website, online since August 1999, will help you find your ancestors on ships’ passenger lists. We also have immigration reports, newspaper records, shipwreck information, ship pictures, ship descriptions, shipping-line fleet lists and more; as well as hundreds of passenger lists to Canada, USA, Australia and even some for South Africa. Be sure to check the “special projects,” listed below. We have over 1300 totally free access web-pages with new databases added regularly.
- USGenWeb Civil War State Links
- USGenWeb Search US
- American State Papers – Information regarding Spanish Land Grants
- Ancient Faces
- Association for Gravestone Studies – Includes information on gravestone rubbing, gravestone cleaning and symbolism on grave markers.
- Beginning Genealogy
- Bible Records Online
- Copyright Information: or USGenWeb or U.S. Copyright Office General Information
- Cyndi’s List – a great link source for genealogy. Includes such topics as Africian American Ancestry, Native American Ancestry, Cajun/Creole Ancestry, and much, much more!
- Dead Fred’s Genealogy Photo Archive – a free, fun photo genealogy research web site devoted to helping you visualize your heritage!
- Distant Cousin – DistantCousin is an online archive of genealogy records and scanned images of historical documents from a wide variety of sources, such as newspaper obituaries, city directories, census records, ship lists, school yearbooks, military records, and more. In all there are more than 6 million genealogy records from over 1,500 sources online. There are no fees or memberships required to use the records at DistantCousin.
- Measuring Worth – helps you figure out what those estate dollars would be in today’s money
- Family History Place – contains links, articles and games, all related to genealogy
- Family Search – sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
- Find A Grave
- GEDCOM Index – This site indexes thousands of different GEDCOM files found on other web sites. GEDCOM files are special genealogy files that can be imported into almost any genealogy software, such as Family Tree Maker.
- Genealogy and the Law – A Layman’s Guide to Legalese
- Genealogy Dictionary
- Genealogy Resources by Veritas Prep
- Glossary of Genealogy Terms
- Gone West Publications by Sherry Raleigh-Adams – Devoted to bringing you items of genealogical merit from Missouri newspapers, quality transcriptions and personal research
- Gravestone Studies – Frequently asked questions
- Illinois Research Articles by Michael John Neill
- Interment.net – Cemetery Transcription Library – Records for 3,897,472 cemetery records across 8375 cemeteries from around the world
- Law Dictionary – Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States of America and the several states of the American Union
- 1895 Map of Missouri (VERY large file)
- Map of Missouri Counties – outlines only
- Map Libraries – List of links sponsored by University of Minnesota
- Maps of Missouri – From the St. Louis Public Library – Includes Cities, Towns & Counties; Conservation & Environment; Discovery & Exploration; Cultural Landscapes; Military, Battle & Campaign; Transportation & Communication; and General maps
- Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection – Historical Map Web Sites
- Look to the Past
- MSNBC Genetic Genealogy Front Page
- People Search: Genealogy Resources
- Perpetual Calendar
- Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness Wiki
- Rootsweb’s Guide to Tracing Family Trees
- Saving Graves – How to do a Gravestone Rubbing
- Today in German History – Pick any date to see what happened in the history of Germany on that date.
- Traveling to Find Your Roots – A Guide to Genealogy Research in Europe
- University of Missouri Digital Library – Includes Territorial Papers of the United States, Volume XIII & Volume XIV, The St. Louis Directory and Register and more
- WeRelate – a genealogy wikipedia
- American Revolutionary War Soldiers’ Websites
- Army Medical Department 1775-1818 – Army Historical Series
- Civil War Pensions Index provided free of charge by Footnote
- Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System – Search for soldier by name
- Continental Congress: Hospital Reports – Medical treatment during the Revolutionary War
- David Library of the American Revolution
- Historic War Battles
- Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls Database – An Index Compiled by Fred Delap in cooperation with the Illinois State Archives
- Killed In Action ~ United States Marine Corps.
- Military Hospitals and the Thompson-Neely House
- Military Indexes
- Missouri Guide to Civil War Resources
- National Gravesite Locator ~ Bureau of Veterans Affairs
- People, Places and Events of the Civil War (added here with our thanks to Danny!)
- Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution
- United States Congressional Serial Set (Using the US Serial Set)
- USGenWeb Pension Project
- Valley Forge Muster Rolls
- Veteran’s Administration – The VA has made it easier and faster for the public to get answers about family history, old war buddies or famous war heroes. The agency has put on the Web 3.2 million records for veterans buried at 120 national cemeteries since the Civil War. The VA’s Nationwide Gravesite Locator also has records for some state veterans cemeteries and burials in Arlington National Cemetery since 1999 (http://www.cem.va.gov/). The navigator includes names, dates of birth and death, military service dates, service branch and rank if known, cemetery information and grave location in the cemetery. The VA will withhold some information, such as next of kin, for privacy purposes. For more details, see this article. For more on military death and burial programs, see the Death & Burial Overview.
- Vietnam MIA/POW
- WWII Casualties
- World War II Indexes, Records and Databases
- WWII Pilots – A French site dedicated to American Air Force and Navy pilots who died in France during WW2. Marcel Ertel (Website Owner) is a member of a group which arranges to place plaques and hold celebrations locally in France, with the deceased’s family when possible. (Note: This site is largely in French.)
- African American Community of Northeast Missouri 1880-1960
- African-American Genealogy Help Links
- African American Griots – dedicated to assisting all of those in pursuit of African American ancestry by being a central depository for African American records of historical proportion.
- African-Ancestored Mailing Lists
- AfriGeneas – African Ancestored Genealogy — a site devoted to African American genealogy, to researching African Ancestry in the Americas in particular and to genealogical research and resources in general. It is also an African Ancestry research community featuring the AfriGeneas mail list, the AfriGeneas message boards and daily and weekly genealogy chats.
- American Cross Race Genealogy Research Website
- Black Irish – Who are they?
- Discovering African American Family Histories
- Federation of East European Family History Societies (FEEFHS) – organized in 1992 as an umbrella organization that promotes family research in eastern and central Europe without any ethnic, religious, or social distinctions.
- Indians of Missouri
- JewishGen: The Home of Jewish Genealogy — An affiliate of the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
- M.A.G.I.C. – Midwest Afro-American Genealogical Interest Coalition
- MALUNGU: The African Origin of American Melungeons, by Tim Hashaw
- Missouri Persons of Color
- Native American Genealogy – State Historical Society of Missouri
- Native American Rolls
- Polish Genealogical Society of America – provides Polish genealogy resources to find your Polish roots
- Sankota’s Afrikan Slave Genealogy
- Slaves, Slave Owners and Slavery in General – Information
- 1850 Pike County Slave Schedules (Source: Ed & Sandy Mackley’s Missouri Families and Missouri Census Images)
- Techniques and Tips – The Search for Free African American Ancestors, by Aaron L. Day
- This and That Genealogy Tips on African-American Genealogy
BOOKS OF INTEREST
- The History of Salt River Association, Missouri by Wiley Jones Patrick
- Champ Clark by W. L. (William Larkin) Webb
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